Ancient Desire by N.J. Walters

Posted March 6, 2023 by Marsha in NetGalley ARC, Sexual Content 18+, Shifter, Shifter Romantic Suspense, Shifter Series / 0 Comments

Nothing was supposed to wake half-dragon, half-human Lucius from his Deep Sleep. Nothing. And yet something, or rather someone, has. The unexpectedly attractive human not only touched him. She kissed him. Now Lucius is awake and more powerful than he has ever been in his 4,000 years of existence. And once he finds out who led her to his cave, he’ll deal with his 300 years of hunger…

College professor Raine Carson spent her life obsessed with myths and legends. And now she’s woken one up. Only Lucius is nothing like anything she’s ever seen or read about in her history books. Because this man is part sexy badass and part terrifying…monster. Yet she wants him with a hunger like nothing she’s ever felt before.

Lucius used to be part of the Forgotten Brotherhood—a ruthless group of paranormal assassins. Now he’s unsure if his former Brothers are their allies…or enemies. All he knows is that someone is hunting him, and Raine is just as tangled up in this mess as he is. And he’ll protect her—even if it means unleashing his Dragon and all of its power.

Titles in the Forgotten Brotherhood series include —  Fury Unleashed —◊— Arctic Bite —◊— Burning Ash —◊— Bjorn Cursed —◊— Ancient Desire —◊— Hunter Avenged —◊—

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This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  Ancient Desire
Series:  Forgotten Brotherhood #5
Author:  N. J. Walters
Genre:  Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Published:  August 15, 2022
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4.5

Ancient Desire is the fifth title in the Forgotten Brotherhood, and while many readers thought the series concluded here… I’m very happy that it did not since Hunter Avenged gives us such an amazing story (yes, I’ve completed this series).  While each story can stand on its own, there is a story arch woven throughout all the stories within this series. For that reason, I would suggest reading the Forgotten Brotherhood in order, if at all possible.

Most of what you’d need to know about Ancient Desire can be found in the cover description.  What you won’t find there is the emotional impact this story has.  I loved Raine, she’s been brought into this fierce battle unknowingly, yet she stands strong with Lucius as his mate.  Her only knowledge of dragons might have been from books, but she is a force to be reckoned with when fighting not only for her life partner but for her very life as well.  I adored Lucius.  He might have been locked away in this cave by magic, but he’s determined to take down those who betrayed him and threatens his mate.

The action is fast, the situation intense, and the relationship sexy and dangerous as Raine and Lucius face down enemies, fight for their lives, and search out answers that will identify friend from foe.  I loved stepping back into this world once again, and would definitely recommend this story and this series to any reader who loves an intense romance, paranormal creatures, puzzles to solve, danger to be faced, and a love worth fighting for.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available for the Kindle as this series is currently in KU